Author: Kelly Adao
Leopold Hager, born in 1935 in Austria is a world-known musician and conductor. He is especially considered for his interpretations of austrian composers such as Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven among others. After studying for several years piano, harp, the organ and composition, he started a great career as a conductor.
After working as conductor in different theaters and operas, he became chief conductor for the Mozarteumorchestra in Salzburg. He then succeeded Louis de Froment in 1981 and became chief conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Luxembourg until 1996. In 1995, he became a knight of the Order of Merit of the Great-Duchy of Luxembourg.
He was also guest conductor for several famous orchestras around the world: France, Denmark, Rome and so on. After retiring as a music professor in 2004 in Vienna, he became principal guest chief conductor for the Portuguese orchestra Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Musica in Porto.
Weber Loll (2008), Das RTL Symphonie-Orchester von 1958 bis 1996 : eine dokumentarische Studie, Luxembourg : Les amis de l’orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg : Institut Grand-Ducal, Section des arts et lettres
Interview posted 2013: http://www.bruceduffie.com/hager.html